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Aintree racing

4 April 2013 by Kay

cover of an Aintree programme with racing cars on the front

Accession number MOL.2008.36.6-12602

Lots of people will be coming to Liverpool for the Grand National this weekend but did you know that Aintree racecourse also had a motor racing track?

Motor racing became increasingly popular by the early 1950s. Mirabel Topham, owner of Aintree racecourse, took advantage of this appeal and built a motor racing track. Aintree hosted five Grand Prix races, including the 1957 race won by top British driver, Stirling Moss.

This programme from 1960 is on display in the Wondrous Place gallery along with many items relating to the world’s oldest steeplechase.

We’ve also got some Grand National events this weekend, see the What’s on page for full details.

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